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Donovan Resignation #94837

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 15, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan's resignation announced; his numerous criminal indictments reviewed. [President REAGAN - remains faithful to Donovan.] [Donovan's attorney William BITTMAN - denies pressure for client to resign.] President's statement praising Donovan quoted on screen; impact of Donovan's legal problems on Reagan's first administration and reelec. campaign recalled. [October 1, 1984, crowd MBR. - asks Reagan about firing Donovan.]
REPORTER: Steve Shepard

(NYC) Donovan's legal problems, include allegations of ties between his co., Schiavone Construction, and organized crime reviewed. [August 26, 1982, special PROSECUTOR - cites lack of evidence to indict Donovan.] [September 13, 1983, DONOVAN - claims innocence.] Basis of current indictment outlined; Donovan's relationship with imprisoned Mafia boss William Masselli discussed. FBI recalled taping Masselli's telephone conversations which incl. several references to Donovan. [Feb. 1984, MASSELLI - denies knowing Donovan.] [Bronx district attorney Mario MEROLA - comments on pending trial.]
REPORTER: Michael Connor

Connor, Michael;
Jennings, Peter;
Shepard, Steve

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